Illinois is shining star in fight against deer disease

Other Midwestern states have turned to Illinois for tips in fighting a fatal deer disease. GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE PHOTOMichigan officials had to consider strategies after a fatal disease was discovered recently in the state's deer herd. So where did they turn for assistance?

Not to Wisconsin.

Not to Wyoming.

But to Illinois.

“There are states where the spread of the disease is retarded. The best example is Illinois,” Russ Mason, Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife chief, told the Detroit Free Press.
In Illinois, the infection has shown up in slightly more than 1 percent of deer tested in established chronic wasting disease areas this fiscal year.

To thwart the spread of the neurological disease, transmitted mainly through deer-to-deer contact, Illinois has increased hunting opportunities and used an aggressive sharpshooter program in infected areas to thin the herd, a strategy that has frustrated many hunters.

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